Accountable and Responsible: Likewise Misunderstood by US Department of Education
|Copied from the Washington Post|
“We know that when students with disabilities are held to high expectations and have access to the general curriculum in the regular classroom, they excel.”The new policy announced by Duncan essentially requires states to produce evidence showing students with special needs are indeed making academic progress. Without such proof, states stand to lose federal funding earmarked for special education.
One reaction from this news is from the blog Curmudgucation. It is quite witty:
"Maybe Arne is on to something. Maybe blind students can't see because nobody expects them to."It is a fact that there are children that have special needs. These needs justify the additional resources required. Students with special needs do not simply have to work harder. These students do not require just the same high expectations to succeed. These students need individualized education plans. This is special education. It requires resources and support, and not a litany of standards nor rounds of standardized exams. Before we can make schools responsible and accountable, we need to make sure that we have made them able first.